Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and people are looking for help to treat their disease. A lot of scammers see this as a lucrative opportunity to milk people of hard-earned money. Know what to look for so you can protect yourself.
Free Medical Supplies
Whenever you get a call or an email from someone offering free medical supplies, be suspicious. The company might tell you that they work for Medicare or your insurance company. What they're actually trying to do is bilk the government or the insurance company for supplies.
Don't give out your contact information when a company reaches out to you. Rather, call the general help line of your insurance company or Medicare to ask if the offer came from them.
For a Small Fee
Beware of companies that offer expensive supplies for a small, discounted payment. Chances are you're not going to get supplies; you're just going to get hit with more bills and fees.
Before purchasing supplies, make sure you're dealing with a reputable company. Remember-- if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Some companies try to sell you products they claim can 'cure' diabetes. They may say the product is all-natural or an alternative to mainstream treatments that 'big pharmacy' companies don't want you to know about.
The truth is, there is no cure for diabetes. Be extra cautious of any such claims, do your research in reputable sources, and always check with your doctor before starting new treatments he did not prescribe.
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